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," secrets from inside syria. a defector says the world has reason to fear chemical weapons there. >> we are getting chilling details of the deadly arsenal amassed by the assad regime. it is tuesday, december 11. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> good morning. i'm paula faris. >> and i'm rob nelson. in a moment, what that one-time insider from syria's chemical weapons program is saying now. if you weren't nervous about the situation before, after listening to this guy, plenty of reason for the world to be nervous what's going on inside syria. but also this half hour, the ultimate sacrifice. the member of the navy s.e.a.l. team 6 killed while freeing an american doctor from the taliban has been identified. we'll find out more about this fallen hero. >>> tom hanks is standing up for heroes. how the hollywood star is helping an army staff sergeant who just returned from afghanistan. >> very cool story. it was a prank in the best sense of the word. >>> and later, beyonce scores a $50 million deal. a sweet payday from a soft drink company. all the details coming up. >> keep read
, as well. there's the chemical weapons threat in syria. and the fiscal cliff countdown. 25 days now. >> absolutely. >>> let's get right to the breaking news out of japan overnight. the powerful earthquake, shaking up the country. sam has been tracking it all. and joins us now with the very latest. sam? >> just imagine how frightening that night and morning was. we're talking about friday by the time we get to japan. a 7.3 earthquake kicks off the northern east coast of japan. if this coastline looks very familiar to you, it's because just last year there was a 9.0 quake there. that's the one that triggered not only the earthquake -- but the tsunami and then the nuclear disaster in fukushima. to compare the two, this one is much, much weaker. this sent a wall of water towards the coastline. but this one did trigger a tsunami warning. at points, there was a six-foot tsunami expected. actually, a three-foot wave, wall of water did work along the coastline. the tsunami warnings are canceled right now. let me show you all of the video coming out. this is from sendai. you realize, you see
as they become available. >>> also this morning, a major escalation in the bloody civil war in syria, that could now raise the likelihood of the u.s. getting involved. for the first time, dictator assad's forces appear to have fired scud missiles at rebel fighters, missiles that could then be used to carry chemical weapons. it is considered a sign that assad is growing ever more desperate. president obama has said that any use of chemical weapons would prompt a u.s. response. >>> and in money news, the rock-bottom interest rates that have pushed mortgages to record lows will not be going up anytime soon. in a historymaking move, ben bernanke said interest rates will be tied to the jobless rate. he wants the interest rates to stay at the lows until unemployment drops below 6.5%. which he says could take some three years. >>> and a dire warning about a water crisis in the west. a federal report out today warns the colorado river is drying up. and within 50 years, will no longer be able to supply water to seven western states. the report suggests dramatic solutions, including towing icebergs from a
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